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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.  

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, brand and marketing strategies. In her capacity as managing editor she has also travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, as well as attending and speaking at conferences and writing about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Gap Inc hopes its presence in Myanmar will help develop responsible sourcing practices in the countryGap audits reveal compliance issues at Myanmar factories 1 September 2014

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma. And the extent of these challenges has now been revealed.

Dutch AWearNess is scaling up its fully recyclable work wearNETHERLANDS: Closed loop workwear project to scale globally 1 September 2014

An initiative that claims to have closed the first circular chain in the textile industry with fully recyclable work wear, is to receive support to help scale its business globally.

Adidas is taking another step towards a toxic-free supply chainGERMANY: Adidas aims to use only Bluesign-approved chemicals 29 August 2014

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group is planning to set targets for its suppliers to switch to using only Bluesign approved chemicals in its supply chain.

More support is needed to help smallholder cotton farmers tackle water issuesSOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains 29 August 2014

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.

US: Jockey launches line of baby clothes 29 August 2014

Apparel maker Jockey International is partnering with Gerber Childrenswear to launch a line of baby clothes.

China has managed to offset higher wages with rising productivity to keep prices competitiveSOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness 28 August 2014

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, new research suggests.

The first garment made through the Re:newcell processSWEDEN: Scientists hail first fully-recycled cotton garment 28 August 2014

Scientists in Sweden have developed what they claim is the world's first garment made entirely from recycled cotton - describing it as a "breakthrough" for the textile industry.

UK: Fashion fit and sizing workshops set for next month 28 August 2014

Fit specialist Alvanon is bringing its new sizing and fit workshops to the UK next month in a bid to help fashion executives improve their understanding of the process.

Athleta has the potential to reach $1.1bn in sales over the next five yearsVIEWPOINT: Fitness fashion propels Athleta towards $1bn sales 27 August 2014

Any talk of Gap Inc's portfolio invariably focuses on its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. But new number crunching suggests the company's Athleta women's athletic wear line is also gaining momentum.

Hampshire Group designs and makes sportswear under licensed brands, its own brands and retail private labelsINTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress 27 August 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.

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